Nelson Memorial Library needs your help!

Thanks to the commitment of Nelson County, the expansion of Nelson Memorial Library is well-underway.

The Grow Nelson Library community group is working diligently to secure funds to complete the project by providing books, computers, media equipment, and other items essential to creating a vibrant community hub.

The group is a little closer to reaching their $500,000 goal with The Perry Foundation’s generous award of a challenge grant of $100,000.

In order to receive the $100,000 from the Perry Foundation, Grow Nelson Library must raise $150,000 by July 2020, and is asking for the community’s support to make this happen. Every donation counts!

Donations are tax exempt and can be made at http://www.grownelsonlibrary.org, dropped off at the Nelson Memorial Library, or by check to the Nelson Memorial Library Fund (Nelson Memorial Library, P O Box 321, Lovingston, Virginia 22949).

For more information and to view the expansion progress, check out www.grownelsonlibrary.org.

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New book club kits available

 

On a hot summer day, what do you like to do? Drink lemonade? Stay indoors because you know the heat outside will kill you? Or, maybe you like to sleep? But, for those of you who love to read, I have a special surprise- new book club kits.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – Viann and Isabelle have always been close even if their age difference sets them apart. When World War II strikes, Antonie, Viann’s husband is called away to fight and Isabelle is sent to live with Viann. During this event in their lives, not only will the relationship of the sisters will be tested, but also their personal opinions on what is right and what is wrong.

She has her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer –  This nonfiction book tells the history of human understanding when it comes to hereditary and how that has shaped this society. It tells the transitions of genetic research and makes predictions on how our evolution will impact the future. If you enjoy science, you will most likely enjoy this book. This kit was funded by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Place a hold for The Nightingale here and for She has her Mother’s Laugh here.

Library Resource Highlight: State Park Backpacks

blog_nature-backpacks2_hcpl_0816The spring weather has been so nice- and what better way to enjoy it than to visit a Virginia State Park? But first, stop by the library!

JMRL has State Park Backpacks for check-out. Each backpack comes with a parking pass that will enable you to access any Virginia State Park at no cost. The backpacks also include pocket guides to bugs and slugs, animal tracks, Virginia birds, mammals, and Virginia trees and wildflowers; port-a-bug field observation container; Big Foot Leave No Trace Ethics Card; magnifying lens; dip net; and laminated sheets with suggested activities designed by both Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia.

The backpacks were given to JMRL thanks to a partnership between the Library of Virginia, Virginia State Parks, and the Science Museum of Virginia and with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Find a map of Virginia State Parks here and let us know which state park is your favorite!

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